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In this course, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate video editing techniques in Avid Media Composer. The course explains how to build sequences, mix audio, apply effects, and color-correct footage. The course also shows how to create titles, manage and output media, capture and import footage, and troubleshoot common post-production issues.
Adjusting audio via the Audio Mixer or keyframing audio in the Timeline is a great way to make sure you're level and pan are within acceptable limits; however, you may have noticed that both of these strategies are mark-and-park approaches. That is, you play the audio to see how you'd like to adjust it, you make the adjustment, and then you play it again to see if what you did was acceptable. Now there's a much more dynamic way to do this, so in some cases you'll want to record your audio adjustments on the fly, and that's what we're going to explore in this movie. All right, so I have my Timeline and all of the adjustments that I made in the last movie have been taken away, but basically, what I want to do is make sure that I have the volume setting on.
Again, that is available via this little dropdown menu in the Track Control panel. And I want to increase the size of my track so that I can see what I'm doing. And if we come over to the Audio Mixer, you see that our Audio Mixer mode is in Clip mode. This means that we're making clip-based adjustments. If I click on this, we toggle to another mode called Auto mode. If I click again, we go to Live mode. We won't be discussing Live mode in this course.
So I'm going to click back to Auto so that we can make some automatic adjustments. What I'm going to do is actually just play my sequence, and then I'm going to ride my level sliders as it plays, and it will input keyframes for me automatically. So I want to make sure that A3 and A4 adjust at the same time, so I'm going to group them by clicking on my Group buttons. And you'll notice that I'm already down to just below -16 decibels, and that's great for this section right here-- it actually starts out being pretty loud--but I'm going to need to drop that even further when Kim starts talking.
So I'm going to go ahead and press Record up here in the upper left, and then I'm going to come over to my sliders and slide it down right before she starts talking, and then I'll slide it up right after she stops talking. Okay. So let's go ahead and try it. I'm going to press Record. (music playing) (Female speaker: Swing dancing brings you together. It brings you to a simple time where the roles are defined.) (One person follows, one person leads, and there's only three things that matter. That's the music, (the dance floor, and your partner. You just forget everything else.) (music playing) Okay. So, we've reached the end of our recording and as you'll see, here are the adjustments that I made.
It starts off with not very many keyframes. If I want to adjust the amount of keyframes that I have in my Timeline, I can come up to my Fast menu and choose this first option, Filter Volume Automation On Track-Global. Notice that when I do that, it puts a whole lot more keyframes in there because, if I zoom in and slide over, you can see that I can adjust any of these further. Now, I think this is way too many, so I'm going to filter again, and it starts to take some away.
Again, it maintains the shape of how I was adjusting. And let's go ahead a filter once more. And it looks like on A3 we're good to go, as far as getting a few number of keyframes that I can then come in and adjust as I want. I would then need to filter my automation for A4. It maintains the shape of my adjustment. I'm able to come in and further tweak if I want. All keyframe behaviors are the same, so I can just hover a keyframe and press Delete and away it goes.
I can move keyframes to the left and right by Alt+Dragging or Option+Dragging on a Mac. And if I want to remove all my keyframes and record again, I can mark my in point by pressing I, my out point by pressing O, just hover over any of them, and press Delete, and they all go away. Also, if I re-recorded, it would record over my previous keyframes. So when used at the right times, on-the-fly adjustments are a great way to be more in touch with the audio as you adjust it, since you can change audio as you play.
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